About the project

About the project

Ilucidare – International Network for Leveraging Successful Cultural Heritage Led Innovations and Diplomacy Through Capacity Building and Awareness Raising 2019–2021.

ILUCIDARE is an international research project whose main goal is to analyze the relationship between cultural heritage and innovation as well as cultural heritage and diplomacy, and then promote heritage as a resource for both innovation and international cooperation. The project wants to inspire and facilitate the use of heritage in balanced territorial development and international relations. Joint project activities also seek to establish an international network of experts and stakeholders dealing with the issue of heritage and innovation as well as heritage and diplomacy by providing space for learning and exchange of knowledge, and creating a platform for establishing mutual contacts.

Project activities include:

  • Research (literature review, case studies)
  • Participatory and co-creation activities (focus groups, co-creation workshops, coaching sessions)
  • Capacity building workshops (among others in Kosovo, Kurdistan, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Ecuador)
  • Academic online course (MOOC on edX)
  • Summer schools (in Poland and Belgium)
  • Networking activities (ILUCIDAYS, international events (e.g. conferences))
  • Competitions (ILUCIDARE Special Prize in European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Awards, ILUCIDARE Challenge)

The International Cultural Centre is one of the two research partners in the project, next to the University of Leuven. Its main tasks include:

  • Participation in project research: conducting a literature review of heritage-related diplomacy and innovation using heritage, collecting and analyzing examples of projects and initiatives that use heritage in the context of innovation and diplomacy, analyzing trends and mechanisms of using heritage for innovation and diplomacy
See: ilucidare.eu/resources/database/report-heritage-led-innovation-and-diplomacy-d25 

  • Organisation of a focus group and a co-creation atelier for stakeholders in the field of heritage and innovation area as well as heritage and diplomacy
See: ilucidare.eu/news/back-ilucidare-focus-group-and-co-creation-atelier-krakow

  • Organisation of a one-week summer school (2020)
  • Cooperation in creating and implementing an academic online course
  • Participation in the works of the jury of the competition for the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in the 'Research' category

See: ilucidare.eu/news/call-entries-european-heritage-awards-europa-nostra-awards-2020-ilucidare-special-prizes

  • Co-creation and co-publication of heritage and innovation as well as heritage and diplomacy handbooks/toolboxes, as well as their executive summaries/starters kits

Project partners:
  • University of Leuven (coordinator)
  • International Cultural Centre
  • Europa Nostra
  • KEA European Affairs
  • World Monuments Fund España
  • Kosovo Foundation for Cultural Heritage without Borders
  • University of Cuenca

The project is based on the experience of previous research conducted by some of the project partners as part of the Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe 

See:
  • Project activities:
- ILUCIDARE pan-European survey>>
- ILUCIDARE Playground: Cracking the future of heritage conference >>
-Call for entries European Heritage Awards - Europa Nostra Awards 2020 - ILUCIDARE Special Prizes >>



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821394.



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